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Corey Hall

Cal State Bakersfield has added to its men’s basketball squad with the addition of 6-foot-7 forward Corey Hall from Ventura College.

Hall, a native of Chicago, averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds for Ventura last season. He shot 46 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range.

He had two strong games to conclude his junior college career. Hall had 16 points and 20 rebounds to help Ventura upset L.A. Southwest College, then had 18 points and 22 rebounds when Ventura was eliminated from the postseason in a loss to San Bernardino Valley College. Hall was an All-Western State Conference North Division pick last season.

“We’re excited to add Corey to our team and to our fanily,” CSUB coach Rod Barnes said in a release. “On his visit he was a great fit with our team and had a great bond with them off the court, so we can expect the same thing to happen on the court next season.”

Hall is the second player to sign a letter-of-intent with CSUB men’s basketball. Sacramento High School forward Eric Kinney signed during the fall signing period.

Barnes said he hopes Hall will help bolster the Roadrunners’ inside presence. The top two inside players the last two seasons, Donald Johnson and Rashad Savage, were seniors last season.

CSUB has eight returnees from last season’s 16-15 squad, plus three players who redshirted in 2011-12: Brandon Barnes (the coach’s son), Javonte Maynor and Kregg Jones.

CSUB water polo

CSUB has been seeded No. 3 for the nine-team Western Water Polo Association women’s championships that will be held April 27-29 at UC San Diego.

The Roadrunners (22-15, 10-6 WWPA) will face No. 6 seeded Cal State Monterey Bay in the first round.

No. 7-ranked Loyola Marymount (15-9, 10-0 WWPA) is seeded No. 1 and UC San Diego (19-12, 8-2) is seeded No. 2.

Arm wrestling

The 10th annual Ryan Sheets Memorial Arm Wrestling Championships will be held Saturday at the Veterans Hall on Norris Road starting at noon. All proceeds go to the Ryan Sheets Memorial Wrestling Fund.

Call 323-2539 or 861-7911 for tickets or other information

Blaze sweeps Visalia

Billy Hamilton had a double, triple and two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Bakersfield Blaze over the Visalia Rawhide 6-4 in a California League baseball game to complete a three-game sweep at Recreation Ballpark.

Yorman Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Bakersfield.

Blaze starter Chad Rogers, who did not factor in the decision, struck out seven over 5-1/3 innings. He allowed five hits and three earned runs

The Blaze (6-7) had four stolen bases, but none by Hamilton, who leads the Cal League with 11.

Keon Broxton had two doubles to lead Visalia, which dropped to 6-7.

Chris Owings had a two-run home run and Bobby Borchering added a solo shot for Visalia. Rawhide starter Andrew Chafin struck out nine  in 4-1/3 innings.

Bakersfield begins a three-game series at 7:15 p.m. today at Sam Lynn Ballpark against the San Jose Giants.